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Boston College Post Doctoral Research Fellow - Engineering (Bioenergy & Bioproducts) in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts

Boston College Introduction

Founded in 1863, Boston College is a Jesuit, Catholic university located six miles from downtown Boston with an enrollment of 9,484 full-time undergraduates and 5,250 graduate and professional students. Ranked 35 among national universities, Boston College has 888 full-time and 1,281 FTE faculty, 2,711 non-faculty employees, an operating budget of $1.4 billion, and an endowment in excess of $3.5 billion.

Job Description

Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Engineering (Bioenergy & Bioproducts)

Competitive salary commensurate with relevant experience.

The postdoctoral fellow will be working with Prof. Emma Brace on projects involving bioprocessing (biofuels and bioproducts), biorefinery design, and techno-economic analysis (TEA) and life cycle assessment (LCA). Background and expertise in bioseparations, bioprocessing, process design, or TEA and/or LCA is desired. Candidates with experience in bioseparations and bioprocessing lab work and/or computer modeling work including molecular modeling, process design, TEA, or LCA would be well-suited to this position. Collaborative opportunities to work with other faculty at Boston College may also be available if there is interest.

Prof. Brace’s research group will have a particular focus on developing novel processes for making bioproducts, through a unit operations approach (lab-scale experiments and molecular modeling) and a systems scale approach (biorefinery design, TEA, LCA). You may also read more about Prof. Brace’s research group’s work on

While the fellow will spend most of their time conducting research and working on manuscripts, there will be many opportunities to mentor and work with undergraduate research assistants. There may also be opportunities for teaching and grant writing, if interest and opportunities align.


  • PhD in Agricultural & Biological Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Civil/Environmental Engineering, Bioengineering, or a related field.

  • Experience with Python, AspenPlus, OpenLCA, COSMOtherm, or other software is a plus.

  • Experience with LC/LCMS, GC/GCMS, and other advanced instrumentation is a plus.

Closing Statement

Boston College offers a broad and competitive range of benefits depending on your job classification eligibility:

  • Tuition remission for Employees

  • Tuition remission for Spouses and Children who meet eligibility requirements

  • Generous Medical, Dental, and Vision Insurance

  • Low-Cost Life Insurance

  • Eligibility for both University-Funded 401k and Employer-Sponsored 403b Retirement Plans

  • Paid Holidays Annually

  • Generous Sick and Vacation Pay

  • Additional benefits can be found on

Boston College conducts pre-employment background checks as part of the hiring process.

Boston College is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. In concert with our Jesuit, Catholic mission, Boston College is dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse and pluralistic faculty and staff committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment and strongly encourages applications for women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and covered veterans. To learn more about how BC supports diversity and inclusion throughout the university please visit the Office for Institutional Diversity at .

Boston College's Notice of Nondiscrimination can be viewed at .